Charmaine Dunmow BSc.(Hons),UKCP, MBACP
I am an Accredited Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I offer counselling on a short or long term basis in Saffron Walden in Essex.
Making the decision to come for counselling is the first step on the journey to discovering and understanding more about yourself, your relationships and your place in the world.
What I can help with:
- Support through unexpected life events, period of change and loss
- Exploring, understanding and learning to manage overwhelming emotions
- Reconnecting or finding a greater sense of purpose
- Releasing old patterns of behaviour that no longer work
- Developing more fulfilling relationships
- Realising your inner potential
I have experience working with anxiety, depression, developmental trauma and emotional neglect, relationship issues, work related stress, change, loss, low self esteem and transitional life stages including the bridge from adolescence to adulthood, midlife and beyond.
My Counselling Approach
As an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor I draw on theories and concepts from the three main schools of psychological thought: Humanistic, Analytic and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT).
What distinguishes psychotherapeutic counselling from traditional counselling is the emphasis it places on the in-depth therapeutic relationship jointly created by the therapist and the client. This relationship is a central factor.
My approach is primarily humanistic, grounded in Attachment Theory and guided by current neuroscience. My work acknowledges the crucial inter-relationship of body, mind and spirit.
How I work:
Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship I focus on how my client experiences his or her life in the present. Every client has a unique situation and is considered as a whole. I encourage my client to explore and develop their own self awareness so it is made possible for them to begin to identify what it is that is needed in his/her life now. At the core of our work we will be looking at relationships in all their dimensions.
As a relational, integrative counsellor my approach is always collaborative. Building a warm, non- judgemental, secure relationship will become a fundamental part of our work together.
Talking, being heard and being understood on a deeper level can bring about profound change.
Some clients prefer to just talk, while others connect more easily using other forms of creative expression such as working with image and metaphor, guided visualisation, puppetry, dreams, collage, story enactment, poetry, music or writing.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
― C.G. Jung.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc. (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Advanced Dip. Integrative Counselling
Diploma Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory
Certificate in Humanistic Counselling
Person Centred Art Counselling Skills
Somatic Trauma Training Certificate
Advanced Supervision Certificate
Creative Therapy - Adults
Stress Reduction Mindfulness
Relaxation & Resilience
Trauma & Somatic Body Awareness
Healing through the creative process
OCST Online Training - Video/audio
Human Toolbox Practitioner
Coaching and Counselling skills
Emotion Focused Therapy - present
Working Creatively - young people
Suicide Ideation and Self-Harm
Exploring Art Intuitively
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual 60 minute session: £60.00 Monday to Fridays
Couples and Relationship sessions: £75.00 (1hr.15m)